15 Celebrities Who Survived Cancer
Type of Cancer: Breast Cancer
While she was playing Carmela on The Sopranos, Edie Falco was diagnosed with breast cancer. She kept it largely a secret while she underwent chemotherapy, but once she was cancer free, she took stock of her life and decided to make some changes.
“Around February 2004, when I realized cancer wasn’t going to kill me, the answer was clear,” she told health.com. “For years I’d been waiting to start a family, but surviving cancer has a way of making you re-prioritize. I was 40. And I was single. But it was time. So I began the adoption process.”
Type of Cancer: Testicular Cancer
Lance Armstrong, one of the 100 Fittest Men of All Time, became an icon for cancer survivors, with his powerful “Livestrong” campaign for cancer awareness and the message to keep fighting.
Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October of 1996, and learned that it had already spread to his brain, lungs, and abdomen. He began chemotherapy immediately, and in February of 1997, he was declared cancer-free.
About his diagnosis, he said that it was important “To continue believing in yourself, believing in the doctors, believing in the treatment, believing in whatever I chose to believe in.”
Type of Cancer: Prostate Cancer
In 2011, Dr. Drew returned from the Caribbean feeling ill, with what he dismissed as a mild tropical disease, but he decided to go to the hospital at the urging of his wife. It was discovered that he had an elevated PSA, which can point to prostate problems.
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Dr. Drew underwent successful surgery, and two years later spoke to People magazine, saying “I’m cancer-free. The erectile function is normal, sex drive is normal, bladder works normally. And I don’t have to worry about prostate cancer.”
Type of Cancer: Hodgkin’s lymphoma
At age 38 in 2010, Michael C. Hall revealed that he was battling cancer, but that the disease was already in remission and he was nearly done with treatment. He returned to work on Dexter later that year and has been cancer-free ever since.
Hall was touched by the outpouring of support from his fans, telling ABC News, “It’s an invitation to be grateful for what I have.”
Type of Cancer: Testicular Cancer
In May of 2000, MTV aired a special written, directed, and starring Tom Green, entitled “The Tom Green Cancer Special.” It cataloged Green’s experience with testicular cancer, and even featured graphic footage from his own successful surgery.
Green told US magazine “The weird part is how quickly all of this has happened. In three months, I found out I had cancer. I got rid of cancer, and now I’m recovering from cancer. And the truth is, I don’t have cancer anymore. I want people to know that it’s gone. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been so public. I want to raise awareness among young guys who don’t ordinarily think about cancer. Check yourself every day.”
Tom Green even wrote a song called “Feel Your Balls” which he sang to thousands of University of Florida students in mid-2000.
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